Archive for July 2016

Too Hot....

July 27, 2016

We are dying over here. It's too hot and humid to do anything. So my motivation is at a zero. The kids are feeling it too and are ready for it to cool down so we can play outside. In the meantime we'll be eating popsicles for breakfast. And lunch. And maybe dinner too. 

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We're Still Here...

July 18, 2016

Oops. I didn't mean to take a week off of blogging. But dang, it was nice! We've just been soaking up the sweet summer time! And eating lots of popsicles too! 

Our good friends came for a visit for a few days and it was so nice to just hang out and let the kids play. But it was exhausting too. Four kids under 4 can really kick your booty. (in this photo Hudson had just gotten bitten by some kind of bug....hence his face. He's telling me about his bug bite in basically every photo)

These two were just about the sweetest thing EVER together. We bought the girls matching Freebabes bows and it was so dang cute. They couldn't get enough of each other and spent the entire weekend hugging and loving each other and just being so sweet. Melt. My. Heart. 

The boys had so much fun playing together too. They crashed each night because they were so exhausted from playing their little hearts out. 

We went swimming at another friend's pool and this little lady wanted NOTHING to do with the water. 

But she was ALL ABOUT the rock pile. Yep. Rocks. Go figure.

We hope you had a great weekend!

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Favorite Outdoor Toys for Ages 1-4

July 7, 2016

Part of the reason we picked the land our house is on is because of the amazing back yard. We have a few acres of woods to play in to our hearts content! We can't wait to spend tons of family time outside and have big plans for a fire pit and treehouse out there one day. Unfortunately this summer we've had to get a little creative. We just got grass seed in our yard and can't quite play on our grass we spend a lot of time on our deck...and we are counting down the days till we can romp around in all that grass! So today I'm sharing all of our tried and true favorite outdoor toys.

1. Our number one most favorite toy is a water table. We love it so much we have two! The one above is by Step2 from Costco...similar here. I like it because it came with some fun toys, an umbrella, and has a partial cover (in green above). 

We just got this water table (on sale now!) and it's a new favorite. I love having two because the kids fight a lot less over them...and Sadie loves walking back and forth between the two. probably only need one. And here are a few of my water table tips: 1) Pick a table that is a color. The one we have from Costco (although great) is a beige color and it's hard to keep it from looking dingy. The blue one looks a lot better in my opinion.  2) Clean out the water table every night. We live in the woods so if I leave the water in the table overnight it get's filled with bugs and debris. Hudson and I drain the water into a watering can and use it to water all of our plants. I also cover up all the water toys under the first water table cover and then put the blue water table on it's side so that stuff doesn't collect in it. 

2. Little red play house. Sadie LOVES this play house. It's currently on the deck but we plan to move it in to the yard as soon as we can. We got this house before she was born and Hudson played in it a few times...but it is truly Sadie's house. She loves going in and out and peeking out the window. It's so dang cute. I love this house because it's lightweight enough that I can move it myself around the yard. And we can move it in to the basement during the winter. 

3. Another favorite of both kids is this Step2 car. Hudson got this for his first birthday and it was a huge hit! He still loves it. And Sadie loves it too. I would say it's good for kids once they can hold themselves up and are fairly at least 10 months. And a five year old would probably still fit in it. We take this car everywhere! I recommend the blue or the red if you have several kids because it's gender neutral....but they also make it in pink!

4. This lawn mower is a favorite of both kids, but especially Hudson. At our old house he used to LOVE to "mow" the lawn. It also blows bubbles, but that part broke about two days in....but we still love it!

5. Cozy Coupe. We have the Costco firetruck version and both kids love it. Everyone needs a Cozy Coupe! (p.s...two year old Hudson!!!!)

6. Slide. Duh. Most fun ever. 

7. Color change cars. These are hands down Hudson's most favorite toys right now. If you have a little boy in your life, RUN, DON'T WALK, and get these cars! They change color when you put them in warm and cold water. And he thinks they are the best things ever. We play with them a lot inside but it's a big they are perfect for outside. I've seen them at Target and Walmart. 

8. Sprinkler. We LOVE to run though the sprinklers! Skip the fancy kid-themed ones and pick this one up from Home Depot for a few dollars. 

9. Kids picnic table. Everyone loves a mini picnic table. We picked ours up at a garage sale!

10. A big old truck. Hudson loves to push around a truck when he's outside! It's probably a boy if you have a boy you better get one of these trucks! Look for one that is sturdy and made of steel like this one...because in my experience they hold up the best to little bodies leaning on them and rolling them around. Or sitting in them. Look at those cheeks!

11. A scooter and a bike! Hudson loves this scooter and it's easy for him to balance on it. And he loved this balance bike when he was younger. Every kid needs a bike and a scooter. And a helmet

12. A basketball hoop. We play with this all summer long and in the house during the winter. It's a must have. 

13. A sand box. I had a turtle shaped sand box as a kid and loved it. Hudson loves digging around in his. We got ours for free but this is the one I had growing up. And I HIGHLY recommend this sand. It's super soft and safe for kids. 

14. Bubble maker! I just picked up this bubble machine and both kids LOVE it! And I love not having to sit there and blow bubbles for hours at a time.

15. A kid's pool. We love to splash around in a mini pool when it's hot outside. We have this one, but you can pick them up basically everywhere.

What are your kid's favorite outdoor toys?

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Baby You're a Firework

July 5, 2016

We had a pretty good 4th of July weekend. Some lake time, some kid-pool time, some s'mores, and some fireworks. All the good stuff. 

And walking. Turns out Sadie is ALL ABOUT walking now!

And walking away from me.

Shout out to my father-in-law for setting up this little photo shoot. Because kids + a flag + wagon cannot be missed!

And this is how we all feel now that the long weekend is over. 

I hope you had a great 4th of July!

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Star Spangled Kids

July 1, 2016

Happy almost 4th of July! It's one of my most favorite holidays. Bring on the red, white, and blue!

These two. Always up to trouble. 

Hudson is so excited for 4th of July! He's keeps explaining to me what fireworks are....he uses big hand gestures for the explosion and everything. It's the best. 

Sadie took her first real steps this week! But will not do it on camera. I can't wait to capture some photos of those legs walking...because trust me, it's the best. 

Bathing suit brought to you by yours truly, circa 1985. Thank goodness my mom saved everything.  

And I'm dead from the cute.


Miss thing cannot be contained...even by one of her favorite people in the whole wide world. 

Cheers to a fun filled 4th of July!

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